Author: Chris Harlan


WPIAL softball championships headed to Peterswood Park for 2019
April 17, 2019
The WPIAL softball championships are headed to Peterswood Park in Peters Township next month.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dylan Binda races in the boys’ 5K during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at Westmoreland Community College. Binda came in second place in the race, his brother Cameron Binda came in first place.
WPIAL awards $1,000 scholarships to 20 scholar-athletes
The WPIAL announced the 20 winners of its annual scholar-athlete scholarship contest. Each receives $1,000 and will be honored at a banquet May 13 at the DoubleTree in Green Tree.

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The West Greene softball team holds its trophy after winning 5-4 against Monessen in the WPIAL championship at Seton Hill on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Peterswood Park chosen to host WPIAL softball championships
Peterswood Park in Peters Township will host the WPIAL softball championships next month.

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Bill Sinning
Bill Sinning retiring after 14 years overseeing WPIAL playoff officials
Bill Sinning has overseen WPIAL officials since 2006, but the retired basketball referee will leave that task to someone else next year.

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Baldwin sophomore lineman Dorien Ford (30) competes during the 2018 season.
Pitt coaches pursue another Baldwin lineman, extend offer to sophomore
April 16, 2019
From Dave Wannstedt to Jason Pinkston, Baldwin and Pitt have had a number of links through the years.

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Seneca Valley’s Josh Kaltenberger nears dozen Division 1 football offers
April 14, 2019
Seneca Valley junior Josh Kaltenberger, one of the state’s top centers, is quickly approaching a dozen Division 1 football offers.

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Peters Twp. starters celebrates on the bench as time expires in the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game against Garnet Valley Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Peters Township girls basketball ends perfect season ranked No. 24 nationally
Undefeated record, WPIAL championship, state championship and national ranking.

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Gateway No. 8 Derrick Davis
2 WPIAL sophomores rank among nation’s top football recruits for 2021
Two WPIAL sophomores were ranked this week among the nation’s top football recruits by 247Sports in the websites list of 2021 prospects.

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Waynesburg’s Scott Benco claims top distance in state javelin rankings
Waynesburg javelin thrower Scott Benco took over the top spot in the state rankings with a 192-foot, 6-inch toss Saturday, a distance that also ranks him among the nation’s best this season.

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Central Catholic sophomore Elliot Donald announces Wisconsin football offer
Paul Chryst left Western Pennsylvania five years ago, but the former Pitt coach still recruits the WPIAL.

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Sto Rox DL Andre Frenzley works on his technique during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Sto-Rox.R
WPIAL switches 2 Class A nonconference football matchups
The WPIAL let four Class A football teams flip their Week 9 nonconference opponents to create better matchups.

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa drives between Bethel Park defenders during their game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa earns All-American honors from MaxPreps
Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa earned All-American honors from MaxPreps which named the senior as one of the nation’s Top 50 girls basketball players.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker celebrates his double during a game against Latrobe Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings for week of April 14, 2019
April 13, 2019
Baseball rankings

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Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis won two gold and two silver medals at the Tri-State Coaches Association track championships April 13, 2019, at West Mifflin.
Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis earns 4 medals, sets record at TSTCA championship
Two first-place medals, two seconds and a meet record caused Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis to smile Saturday, but so did a candid compliment from her coach.

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2 WPIAL girls javelin champions headline Tri-State Track Coaches Championship
April 12, 2019
The girls javelin field at the TSTCA Outdoor Championship will have two defending WPIAL champions Saturday with Elizabeth Forward’s Brianna Spirnak and South Park’s Maura Huwalt each scheduled to throw at West Mifflin.

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Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis
Seneca Valley, North Allegheny ADs among 18 candidates vying for WPIAL board
Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis and North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto are among the school administrators seeking to join the WPIAL board of directors this summer.

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Rochester’s Lauryn Williams wins the 100 meter dash Tuesday May 15, 2001 during the WPIAL Class AA championships at South Side Beaver High School. Williams also won the 200 meter dash title.
Olympian Lauryn Williams among 11 entering Beaver County Sports Hall
Olympian Lauryn Williams, a Rochester native who won medals in both the Summer and Winter Games, is among 11 inductees set to enter the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame this month.

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Allderdice selects former Central Catholic assistant Devin Crummie as boys basketball coach
April 10, 2019
Devin Crummie, a longtime assistant boys basketball coach at Central Catholic, is headed to Allderdice.

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Sisters Angie (left) and Adrienne Nardone will play against each other in a softball game April 10, 2019. Angie plays for Ellwood City, and Adrienne plays at North Catholic.
Sister vs. sister: ‘Sibling rivalry’ as North Catholic softball hosts Ellwood City
April 9, 2019
Adrienne and Angie Nardone will share a softball field Wednesday afternoon when Ellwood City visits North Catholic.

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WPIAL denies postseason eligibility to 3 softball players after transfers
April 7, 2019
The WPIAL denied postseason eligibility to three softball players under the new PIAA rule that makes transfers ineligible unless they qualify for a specific waiver.

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green adds 11th offer since March 1
Former North Catholic standout Nikhai Hill-Green left Pennsylvania this winter, but college recruiters have found him in Maryland.

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Peters Twp.’s Journey Thompson scores past Garnet Valley’s Morgan Falcone during the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Peters Township freshman Journey Thompson adds 2nd basketball offer
Journey Thompson’s remarkable spring continues.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty announces SEC football offer
Central Catholic defensive end A.J. Beatty announced his first SEC offer Saturday, adding to a growing list that already includes ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 schools.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates as time expires in the Tigers’ 73-55 victory over Mars in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Moon’s Donovan Johnson
Donovan Johnson’s storybook season had a major plot twist near the end.

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa scores past Garnet Valley’s Madison McKee during the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa
Makenna Marisa was dominant all season long, but the Peters Township senior seemingly saved her best for under the bright Giant Center lights in Hershey.

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Steel Valley’s Nahki Johnson celebrates with Eshawn Carter after Carter’s return for a touchdown against Wilmington Area during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson announces ACC football offer
West Mifflin sophomore Nahki Johnson, who won a WPIAL football title last fall at Steel Valley, added his first Power 5 scholarship offer Saturday.

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Chartiers Valley’s Mackenzie Wagner kisses the championship trophy with teammates after defeating Bishop Carroll in the PIAA Class 5A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
2 perfect seasons help shape Trib 10 girls basketball all-star team
April 6, 2019
One word can describe both Peters Township and Chartiers Valley: Perfect.

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Butler’ Ethan Morton scores over Mount Lebanon’s Sean Lutheran and Andy Sapp during the 6A boys WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
3 high-scoring juniors join senior-heavy Trib 10 boys basketball all-stars
Western Pennsylvania had no shortage of standout scorers this season.

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Trib HSSN WPIAL baseball rankings for week of April 7, 2019
Baseball rankings

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West Mifflin Head Coach Ray Braszo works on defensive ball skills with players on Monday, July 28, 2014 at West Mifflin.
Ousted at West Mifflin, football coach Ray Braszo returns to roots in Steel Valley
April 3, 2019
Ray Braszo wore West Mifflin blue and gold for nearly three decades, but the veteran football coach also has deep roots in Steel Valley.

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North Allegheny runner posts early-season time to beat in 3,200 meters
March 31, 2019
Outdoor track season is only two weekends old, but elite North Allegheny runner Zach Kinne already holds the state’s top time in the 3,200 meters.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty nears 3 dozen offers with ACC, Big 10, Big 12 options
The offers keep coming for Central Catholic junior A.J. Beatty.

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Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash shoots a three-pointer over Butler defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash commits to Binghamton
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash, one of the WPIAL’s top seniors, committed Sunday to Binghamton.

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Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski drives past Mt. Lebanon’s Marian Turnbull during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski commits to St. Bonaventure
Bethel Park junior Maddie Dziezgowski, who helped the Black Hawks reach the WPIAL girls basketball semifinals, announced her commitment Saturday to St. Bonaventure.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher becomes 2nd WPIAL junior with Penn State offer
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher became the second WPIAL junior with a Penn State football offer when the Nittany Lions joined his scholarship list Saturday.

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Burrell’s Marshall McKallip (3) and Seth Fischbach celebrate in the outfield after defeating Kiski Area, 4-2, Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings for week of March 30, 2019
March 30, 2019
Rankings

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Former Elizabeth Forward basketball player Tre Mitchell committed to UMass on March 29, 2019.
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell commits to UMass
March 29, 2019
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell, who left the WPIAL for a prep school in Connecticut, committed to Massachusetts on Friday.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Arizona basketball offer adds to Donovan Johnson’s month of madness
March has brought more joy than madness for Moon’s Donovan Johnson and his family.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs (6) hauls in a pass to score during their game against Plum on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs draws 1st FBS offer as Buffalo blankets WPIAL
March 28, 2019
Buffalo had two football players with Western Pennsylvania roots last season, but the Bulls coaches spent this week trying to boost that number.

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Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.
Woodland Hills TE Joshua Rawlings sees 3rd Big 10 school join recruiting list
Woodland Hills junior Joshua Rawlings quickly became one of the WPIAL’s hottest football recruits.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers drives past Bethlehem Catholic’s Briana Barnard during the PIAA Class 4A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds 8th college offer after reaching state finals
North Catholic’s Tess Myers, one of the WPIAL’s top juniors, added another Division I offer after leading her basketball team to the state finals.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Mars junior Michael Carmody adds 2 ACC, 2 SEC football offers
Mars junior lineman Michael Carmody added two more ACC and SEC football offers this week, pushing his scholarship total to more than two dozen.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield drives between Serra Catholic’s Jayden Bristol (left) and Chris Salemi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Feb. 26, 2019, at Peters Township.
Fresh off NCAA upset, Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield commits to Liberty
March 27, 2019
Isiah Warfield didn’t fill out an NCAA tournament bracket but did urge others to pick against fifth-seeded Mississippi State in the first round.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher wraps up Derry’s Justin Flack during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
Pitt coaches offer scholarship to Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher
Pitt football coaches in decades past found great success recruiting in Aliquippa, a list that starts with all-time greats Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis.

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Bethel Park hires Brian DeLallo as new football coach
March 26, 2019
Bethel Park administrators talked with a handful of football coaches from outside the district, but decided that their best candidate already was on staff.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with Mackenzie Wagner after the Lady Colts defeated Archbishop Carroll in the PIAA Class 5A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Chartiers Valley finishes perfect season with victory over Archbishop Carroll in PIAA finals
March 23, 2019
HERSHEY — Had he known girls were so easy to coach, Tim McConnell would have switched years ago, the longtime boys basketball coach told his team.

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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith celebrates with Keeno Holmes and Andre Wilder after defeating Trinity, 73-72, to win the PIAA Class 3A boys state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park hangs on for 1-point victory over Trinity in PIAA championship
HERSHEY — This wasn’t the first time Lincoln Park built a double-digit lead and then held its breath until the clock reached zeroes.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Carlisle-Page scores over Slippery Rock’s Hallie Raabe during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
PIAA Class 5A girls championship breakdown: Chartiers Valley vs. Archbishop Carroll
PIAA Class 5A girls championship

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder hugs Isaiah Smith after defeating Sharon, 67-58, in their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 3A boys championship breakdown: Lincoln Park vs. Trinity
PIAA Class 3A boys championship

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers leads the fast break against Central Valley during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA Class 4A girls championship breakdown: North Catholic vs. Bethlehem Catholic
PIAA Class 4A girls championship

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Moon seniors celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A state final Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Moon rallies in 4th quarter to defeat Archbishop Wood in PIAA Class 5A final
March 22, 2019
HERSHEY — Moon coach Adam Kaufman was certain that this win would shock folks around the state.

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Bentworth promotes assistant Knabb to coach football team
Bentworth promoted assistant John “J.J.” Knabb to head football coach, said athletic director Brian Malecki.

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Moon’s Jioni Smith steals the ball from Mars’ Michael Carmody during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 5A boys championship breakdown: Moon vs. Archbishop Wood
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa drives to the basket past Bethel Park’s Emma Dzieggowski and Lauren Mullen during their game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
PIAA Class 6A girls championship breakdown: Peters Township vs. Garnet Valley
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship

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Moon coach Adam Kaufman fist bumps Donovan Johnson as time winds down in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal victory over Mars Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
WPIAL title escaped Moon’s grasp, but PIAA championship now within reach
Moon faced a crossroads after the WPIAL finals, a moment when its basketball season could have gone many different directions.

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Vincentian senior Drew McBrier holds the PIAA Class A runner-up trophy with teammates after the Royals’ 83-61 loss to Sankofa Freedom Academy in the state final Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Vincentian falls to Philadelphia’s Sankofa Freedom Academy in PIAA Class A final
March 21, 2019
HERSHEY — While preparing for the state finals, Vincentian Academy coach Tim Tyree studied two separate game films of Sankofa Freedom Academy.

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Vincentian Academy boys basketball coach Tim Tyree Jr., leads his team against Monessen in a PIAA Class A boys basketball semifinal March 18, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon.
PIAA Class A boys championship breakdown: Vincentian vs. Sankofa Freedom
PIAA Class A boys championship

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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith celebrates a three-pointer to give him 1,000 career points late in the fourth quarter of a PIAA Class 3A semifinal against Sharon Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Lincoln Park headed back to Hershey after PIAA semifinal win over Sharon
March 19, 2019
Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith launched a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner and then slapped the floor in celebration as his fourth-quarter shot squeezed through the rim.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with Jioni Smith (3) and Devontae Humphries as time winds down in their 73-55 victory over Mars in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Donovan Johnson scores 28, leads Moon past Mars in PIAA semifinals
March 18, 2019
Donovan Johnson and his Moon teammates left in tears after losing to Mars in the WPIAL championship three weekends ago.

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Moon’s Mars’ Brandon Caruso scores past Moon’s Jioni Smith during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
5 things to watch in the PIAA basketball semifinals
Moon and Mars combined for a dramatic WPIAL boys basketball championship earlier this month.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell shoots a three-pointer to end the first half of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Thomas Jefferson Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times: Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson rematch Tuesday
March 17, 2019
WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley and runner-up Thomas Jefferson will rematch at 7 p.m., Tuesday in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal at Peters Township.

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder looks for an opening as Richland’s Joe Hauser defends during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
PIAA boys basketball sites, times: 6 WPIAL teams reach state semifinals
New Castle’s field house will host a state semifinal two nights in a row.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Oscar Tshiebwe’s double-double leads Kennedy Catholic past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA quarterfinal
March 16, 2019
This state quarterfinal win over Mt. Lebanon, a 17-point victory against a WPIAL champion, “was a world-class butt-whipping,” said Kennedy Catholic coach Rick Mancino.

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Mars’ Andrew Recchia hits a shot over Moon’s Austin Ryan during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA basketball sites, times: Mars vs. Moon boys semifinal at New Castle
The PIAA needed an out-of-this-world site for a state semifinal between Mars and Moon — or at least a gym with lots of seats.

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Mars’ Zach Schlegel celebrates after hitting a fourth quarter three-pointer against Meadville during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, at Sharon High School.
Mars uses near-perfect 2nd half to defeat Meadville in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
Mars coach Rob Carmody felt mixed emotions when Mars freshman Zach Schlegel let fly a 3-pointer with an 11-point lead and two minutes left.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Mt. Lebanon uses hold-the-ball strategy to defeat Allderdice in PIAA 2nd round
March 13, 2019
Mt. Lebanon had a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, so the Blue Devils did what they do best.

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Peters’ Isabella Mills scores over North Allegheny’s Brynn Sebin 6A girls WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times: Peters Township vs. Norwin at Keystone Oaks
The PIAA scheduled Peters Township vs. Norwin girls as the late game in a boys/girls basketball doubleheader at Keystone Oaks on Friday night.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody and Khori Fusco celebrate with Andrew Recchia after Recchia hit the game winner to beat Moon during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA boys basketball sites, times: Mars, New Castle scheduled back-to-back
WPIAL champions Mars and New Castle will play back-to-back Friday night in a PIAA boys basketball doubleheader at Slippery Rock University.

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Turnovers costly as Quaker Valley loses to Bishop McDevitt in PIAA 2nd round
March 12, 2019
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Bishop McDevitt forced 15 first-half turnovers and built a 20-point halftime lead in Tuesday night’s 79-47 victory over Quaker Valley in the PIAA Class 4A second round.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Mars survives foul trouble to defeat York William Penn in PIAA 2nd round
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Mars coach Rob Carmody wrote one word in bold letters on the whiteboard inside the locker room: Poise.

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Allderdice’s Tony Henderson shoots a three-pointer over Canon-McMillan’s Ethan Beachy during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in PIAA boys basketball: WPIAL, City League clash
The WPIAL and City League champions will meet head-to-head Wednesday for the fourth year in a row in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs.

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Seneca Valley takes the field against North Allegheny before their 6A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
After reaching WPIAL finals, Seneca Valley linemen drawing college offers
March 11, 2019
Seneca Valley reached the WPIAL football finals last fall behind a strong offensive line, and college coaches have taken notice.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo runs to a first place finish in the Class AA girls race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Quarzo, Anderson run personal bests at New Balance Nationals Indoor
March 10, 2019
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo and Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson, two of the WPIAL’s top runners, set personal bests Sunday at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York.

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Penn Hills’ A’Lysa Sledge blocks the shot of Oakland Catholic’s Margaret Terry Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at Oakland Catholic.
Sites, times posted for PIAA girls basketball 2nd-round matchups
Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes pressures Aliquippa’s Larry Walker during their game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Aliquippa High School.
PIAA 2nd round sites, times announced for boys basketball playoffs
Class 6A

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Allderdice’s Bobby Clifford battles Canon-McMillan’s Louis Waller for a loose ball during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL, City League champions will clash at Canon-McMillan
WPIAL champion Mt. Lebanon and City League champion Allderdice will meet Wednesday night at Canon-McMillan in the second round of the PIAA Class 6A boys basketball playoffs.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson competes in the Class AAA girls 800 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
4 WPIAL track standouts compete Sunday at New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York
Four WPIAL track standouts will compete Sunday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.

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Allderdice’s Terrell Childs celebrates after the Dragons defeated Canon-McMillan in a PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
City League champion Allderdice defeats Canon-McMillan in overtime
March 9, 2019
Canon-McMillan chose to chase Allderdice’s guards around the court, so the Dragons turned instead to their 6-foot-7 center with a scorer’s touch.

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Neshannock’s Isabella Burelli blocks the shot of Tyrone’s Reily Ronan during PIAA first-round action Friday March 8, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL champion Neshannock advances in PIAA playoffs with 4-point victory over Tyrone
Neleh Nogay scored 14 points and Bella Burrelli added 10 as WPIAL champion Neshannock defeated Tyrone, 42-38, Friday night in a PIAA Class 3A first-round victory at North Allegheny.

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New Castle’s Demetris McKnight scores past Titusville’s Cole Culver during PIAA first-round action Friday March 8, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL champion New Castle holds off Titusville in PIAA 1st-round victory
This was the sixth time New Castle entered the state playoffs as WPIAL champion under coach Ralph Blundo, so he understands the so-called “WPIAL hangover” better than most.

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Penn Hills’ Tyree Spencer (11) is fouled by Montour’s Justin LaBrie (10) during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
5 things to watch in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
March 7, 2019
Coach Dan DeRose and his Penn Hills boys basketball players are leaving at 10 a.m. Friday for a four-hour bus ride to Hershey, the site picked for their state playoff opener.

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OLSH quarterback Tyler Bradley celebrates with with teammates as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Rochester Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL passing leader Tyler Bradley commits to Seton Hill
March 6, 2019
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley, the WPIAL’s top passer last season, committed Tuesday to Seton Hill.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis stiff-arms West Allegheny’s Ian McBain en route to a third quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Texas A&M joins schools recruiting Gateway sophomore Derrick Davis
Gateway’s Derrick Davis has another major college football team interested in him.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm pulls down a rebound next to Thomas Jefferson’s Molly Wagner during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm draws basketball offer from Pitt
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm scored 18 points Saturday at Petersen Events Center when her Colts won the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball title.

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Quaker Valley junior Chris Iorio, left, knocks the ball loose from junior Mike Sacco during practice Nov 30, 1998.
PCN will re-air Quaker Valley vs. Annville-Cleonas PIAA basketball final from 1999
March 5, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team and coach Mike Mastroianni experienced a heartbreaking state championship loss to Annville-Cleonas 20 years ago this winter.

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Amy Scheuneman talks with high school students attending an Empowering Girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold thru Athletics conference at Duquesne University’s AJ Palumbo Center, Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
North Hills AD Amy Scheuneman joining WPIAL administration
March 4, 2019
North Hills athletic director Amy Scheuneman will resign this summer and accept an administrative position with the WPIAL.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) reaches the ball over the goal line during their game against Mt. Lebanon at Pine-Richland High School on Nov. 9, 2018.
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler adds 1st FBS offer
March 3, 2019
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler, a two-way standout for the WPIAL champion Rams, added his first FBS offer.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher adds Big 10 offer
Aliquippa junior Zuriah Fisher, a standout linebacker on a state championship defense, added his first Big 10 college offer.

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Pitt, WVU recruits among Maryland picks for Big 33 Football Classic
Pitt recruit A.J. Woods, a cornerback from Germantown, Md., was among the 38 high school football players chosen to represent Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.

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Mt Lebanon’s Mike Palmer splits Butler’ Luke Patten and Ethan Morton during the 6A boys WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
Mt. Lebanon shows patience in WPIAL championship win over Butler
March 2, 2019
Mt. Lebanon wanted to keep the ball out of Ethan Morton’s hands, so the Blue Devils just held onto it themselves.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past New Castle’s Drew Cox during their game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at New Castle High School.
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball preview: New Castle vs. Quaker Valley
Class 4A boys

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Butler’s Ethan Morton scores against Pine Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball preview: Butler vs. Mt. Lebanon
Class 6A boys

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Mars’ Michael Carmody and Khori Fusco celebrate with Andrew Recchia after Recchia hit the game winner to beat Moon during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
Recchia’s late 3-pointer helps Mars defend WPIAL Class 5A championship
March 1, 2019
Andrew Recchia was the only person at Petersen Events Center who already knew how this WPIAL championship would end.

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Serra Catholic’s jimmy Moon (5) goes to the hoop against Sto-Rox’s Dre Frenzley (22) and Jamil Williams during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Feb. 22, 2019, at Peters Township.
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball preview: OLSH vs. Serra Catholic
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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith drives to the basket past North Catholic’s Jackson Paschall during the WPIAL Class 3A boys championship game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Lincoln Park tops North Catholic to claim WPIAL Class 3A championship
February 28, 2019
Against one of the WPIAL’s top shooting teams, Lincoln Park’s defense was willing to trade 3s for 2s.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton (25) celebrates a 40-point night with an upset of No. 1-seeded Pine Richland during a Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler boys advance to WPIAL finals after emotional win over rival Pine-Richland
February 27, 2019
The final minute was so emotional, so unbelievable, that it seemed like an eternity to Ethan Morton and his Butler teammates.

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North Catholic’s Zack Rocco grabs a rebound between the Aliquippa defenders during semifinal WPIAL action Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball finals preview: Lincoln Park vs. North Catholic
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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Tyree Spencer during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball preview: Mars vs. Moon
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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Wes Kropp during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
Johnson’s double-double guides No. 3 Moon past Penn Hills in Class 5A semifinals
February 26, 2019
Two years ago, a star basketball player transferred home to Moon, reunited with his childhood friends and led the Tigers’ run to the WPIAL finals.

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Central Catholic head boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie during the AAAA WPIAL championship game against Moon at AJ Palumbo Center Feb. 2008.
Longtime coach Chuck Crummie ‘hurt’ after Central Catholic fires him
Chuck Crummie will no longer coach on Chuck Crummie Court.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives to the basket to score between Pine-Richland defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Five things to watch in the WPIAL boys basketball semifinals
February 25, 2019
As the old saying goes, it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season.

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Chartiers-Houston girls basketball coach Laura Montecalvo urges on her team during the WPIAL finals Saturday, March 2, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
West Allegheny hires WPIAL champion to replace Bob Palko as track coach
February 22, 2019
West Allegheny lost one WPIAL champion coach but quickly added another.

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No. 1 Lincoln Park scores first 14 points in victory over Beaver Falls
February 21, 2019
Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes made a 3-pointer on the opening possession and Isaiah Smith added another seconds later as the Leopards scored the first 14 points in Thursday night’s 82-54 victory over Beaver Falls in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal at New Castle.

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No. 2 Aliquippa erases 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Neshannock
M.J. Devonshire was taking his official recruiting visit to Kentucky when Aliquippa lost to Neshannock in January, a loss that bothered him hundreds of miles away.

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Tim O’Malley, executive director of the WPIAL speaks Wednesday April 13, 2016 before new members of the WPIAL Hall of Fame are introduced during an event at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in the Strip District.
WPIAL Hall of Fame to announce 13th induction class
February 20, 2019
For some all-time WPIAL greats, 13 will be their lucky number.

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WPIAL adds 2 boys basketball teams for 2019-20 season
One WPIAL boys basketball section will have a new look next season.

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Rich Piccinini
Carlynton hires former Peters Township football coach Piccinini
Carlynton has hired Rich Piccinini as football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

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Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes celebrates his three-pointer during overtime against Aliquippa Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Aliquippa High School.
WPIAL schedules Aliquippa/Lincoln Park doubleheader at New Castle
February 19, 2019
Lincoln Park and Aliquippa, the WPIAL’s top seeds in Class 3A boys basketball, can’t meet until the finals.

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Shaler’s Mekhi Reynolds battles against McKeesport’s Justin Todd during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Shaler defeats McKeesport, celebrates 1st playoff win since ’12
It’s been awhile since this kind of celebration was heard inside Shaler’s locker room.

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Fox Chapel’s Seneca Valley’s Tre Rosell and Marcus Might during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 19, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Fox Chapel feels it after 1st quarter, beats Seneca Valley
February 18, 2019
Fox Chapel missed 10 of its first 11 shots Tuesday night, a dismal start that could have doomed the team’s playoff hopes, but then suddenly, they almost couldn’t miss.

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4 WPIAL athletes win multiple individual golds at TSTCA indoor championship
February 17, 2019
Mt. Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson ran the state’s fastest mile Saturday and four WPIAL athletes won multiple individual gold medals at the TSTCA indoor championships in Edinboro.

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy kisses the state championship trophy after the Indians defeated Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn Hills football’s Daequan Hardy receives another postseason award
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy added another postseason honor to his list.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Ohio State joins list of schools recruiting Mars’ Michael Carmody
February 15, 2019
Mars junior Michael Carmody added his ninth Big 10 football offer Thursday when conference champion Ohio State joined his scholarship list.

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North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL’s top football players, said Friday that he’s transferring out of state.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer talks with Andrew Casey during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 14, 2019
Good bye or bad bye?

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Union’s Michael Flowers shoots a three-pointer, as Clairton’s Leonard Robinson defends during their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Hampton High School.
No. 6 Union tops No. 11 Clairton with barrage of third-quarter 3-pointers
Union followed a nine-point second quarter with a 29-point third, and the difference was a few well-timed 3-pointers.

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PIAA football semifinals schedule: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland head east
November 25, 2018
Penn Hills and Pine-Richland have long bus rides ahead next weekend, while three other WPIAL football champions can stay closer to home. The PIAA announced semifinal sites and times Sunday. Penn Hills will travel to Chambersburg for a matchup with Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m., Friday. Pine-Richland returns to Altoona's

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WPIAL causes buzz by seeding Burgettstown second in deep Class 2A bracket
October 29, 2018
When the Class 2A bracket appeared on the overhead screen, Mark Druga knew immediately that his phone would start buzzing, so he turned it off. andquot;I did not want to interrupt the process,andquot; the Burgettstown coach said Monday at the WPIAL pairings meeting. andquot;I didn't want to be that guy,

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With Heinz Field rematch possible, might Pine-Richland, North Allegheny hold back in regular-season finale?
October 26, 2018
It's possible that Pine-Richland and North Allegheny will play one another twice in the span of a few weeks. The two top-ranked rivals are favorites to rematch in the WPIAL Class 6A final, so might that affect how NA coach Art Walker and Pine's Eric Kasperowicz approach Friday's matchup in

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Five things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 20, 2018
Anyone have a spare quarter It's looking likely the WPIAL will need a coin flip to break a three-way tie for first place in the Class A Tri-County South. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formula can't break a tie, the deciding factor becomes chance. The WPIAL

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
October 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
September 21, 2018
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
September 8, 2018
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
August 25, 2018
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
July 12, 2018
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
June 4, 2018
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
May 12, 2018
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
May 7, 2018
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
May 5, 2018
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 4, 2018
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
March 20, 2018
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 9, 2018
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
January 27, 2018
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
January 17, 2018
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
November 11, 2017
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Montour's Jaxon Schrenker slaps the hands of young cheerleaders as he takes the field for a game against Mars Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
November 1, 2017
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California coach Darrin Dillow
California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
October 21, 2017
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Junior Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of game Friday night against West Allegheny.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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The Upper St. Clair football team celebrates a 21-20 win over West Allegheny in overtime Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
October 7, 2017
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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Imani Christian's Brian Yates carries for a touchdown past Jeannette's Ian Smith during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr (53) forces a fumbles on Plum's Marcus Thomas (25) in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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Pine-Richland's Jason DeFrancisis (17) celebrates his touchdown with Dawson Goltz next to Wayne's Justin Harris during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
September 21, 2017
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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WPIAL softball championships headed to Peterswood Park for 2019
April 17, 2019
The WPIAL softball championships are headed to Peterswood Park in Peters Township next month.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dylan Binda races in the boys’ 5K during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at Westmoreland Community College. Binda came in second place in the race, his brother Cameron Binda came in first place.
WPIAL awards $1,000 scholarships to 20 scholar-athletes
The WPIAL announced the 20 winners of its annual scholar-athlete scholarship contest. Each receives $1,000 and will be honored at a banquet May 13 at the DoubleTree in Green Tree.

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The West Greene softball team holds its trophy after winning 5-4 against Monessen in the WPIAL championship at Seton Hill on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Peterswood Park chosen to host WPIAL softball championships
Peterswood Park in Peters Township will host the WPIAL softball championships next month.

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Bill Sinning
Bill Sinning retiring after 14 years overseeing WPIAL playoff officials
Bill Sinning has overseen WPIAL officials since 2006, but the retired basketball referee will leave that task to someone else next year.

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Baldwin sophomore lineman Dorien Ford (30) competes during the 2018 season.
Pitt coaches pursue another Baldwin lineman, extend offer to sophomore
April 16, 2019
From Dave Wannstedt to Jason Pinkston, Baldwin and Pitt have had a number of links through the years.

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Seneca Valley’s Josh Kaltenberger nears dozen Division 1 football offers
April 14, 2019
Seneca Valley junior Josh Kaltenberger, one of the state’s top centers, is quickly approaching a dozen Division 1 football offers.

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Peters Twp. starters celebrates on the bench as time expires in the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game against Garnet Valley Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Peters Township girls basketball ends perfect season ranked No. 24 nationally
Undefeated record, WPIAL championship, state championship and national ranking.

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Gateway No. 8 Derrick Davis
2 WPIAL sophomores rank among nation’s top football recruits for 2021
Two WPIAL sophomores were ranked this week among the nation’s top football recruits by 247Sports in the websites list of 2021 prospects.

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Waynesburg’s Scott Benco claims top distance in state javelin rankings
Waynesburg javelin thrower Scott Benco took over the top spot in the state rankings with a 192-foot, 6-inch toss Saturday, a distance that also ranks him among the nation’s best this season.

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Central Catholic sophomore Elliot Donald announces Wisconsin football offer
Paul Chryst left Western Pennsylvania five years ago, but the former Pitt coach still recruits the WPIAL.

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Sto Rox DL Andre Frenzley works on his technique during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Sto-Rox.R
WPIAL switches 2 Class A nonconference football matchups
The WPIAL let four Class A football teams flip their Week 9 nonconference opponents to create better matchups.

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa drives between Bethel Park defenders during their game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa earns All-American honors from MaxPreps
Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa earned All-American honors from MaxPreps which named the senior as one of the nation’s Top 50 girls basketball players.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker celebrates his double during a game against Latrobe Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings for week of April 14, 2019
April 13, 2019
Baseball rankings

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Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis won two gold and two silver medals at the Tri-State Coaches Association track championships April 13, 2019, at West Mifflin.
Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis earns 4 medals, sets record at TSTCA championship
Two first-place medals, two seconds and a meet record caused Oakland Catholic’s Jayla Ellis to smile Saturday, but so did a candid compliment from her coach.

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2 WPIAL girls javelin champions headline Tri-State Track Coaches Championship
April 12, 2019
The girls javelin field at the TSTCA Outdoor Championship will have two defending WPIAL champions Saturday with Elizabeth Forward’s Brianna Spirnak and South Park’s Maura Huwalt each scheduled to throw at West Mifflin.

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Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis
Seneca Valley, North Allegheny ADs among 18 candidates vying for WPIAL board
Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis and North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto are among the school administrators seeking to join the WPIAL board of directors this summer.

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Rochester’s Lauryn Williams wins the 100 meter dash Tuesday May 15, 2001 during the WPIAL Class AA championships at South Side Beaver High School. Williams also won the 200 meter dash title.
Olympian Lauryn Williams among 11 entering Beaver County Sports Hall
Olympian Lauryn Williams, a Rochester native who won medals in both the Summer and Winter Games, is among 11 inductees set to enter the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame this month.

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Allderdice selects former Central Catholic assistant Devin Crummie as boys basketball coach
April 10, 2019
Devin Crummie, a longtime assistant boys basketball coach at Central Catholic, is headed to Allderdice.

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Sisters Angie (left) and Adrienne Nardone will play against each other in a softball game April 10, 2019. Angie plays for Ellwood City, and Adrienne plays at North Catholic.
Sister vs. sister: ‘Sibling rivalry’ as North Catholic softball hosts Ellwood City
April 9, 2019
Adrienne and Angie Nardone will share a softball field Wednesday afternoon when Ellwood City visits North Catholic.

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WPIAL denies postseason eligibility to 3 softball players after transfers
April 7, 2019
The WPIAL denied postseason eligibility to three softball players under the new PIAA rule that makes transfers ineligible unless they qualify for a specific waiver.

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green adds 11th offer since March 1
Former North Catholic standout Nikhai Hill-Green left Pennsylvania this winter, but college recruiters have found him in Maryland.

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Peters Twp.’s Journey Thompson scores past Garnet Valley’s Morgan Falcone during the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Peters Township freshman Journey Thompson adds 2nd basketball offer
Journey Thompson’s remarkable spring continues.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty announces SEC football offer
Central Catholic defensive end A.J. Beatty announced his first SEC offer Saturday, adding to a growing list that already includes ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 schools.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates as time expires in the Tigers’ 73-55 victory over Mars in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Moon’s Donovan Johnson
Donovan Johnson’s storybook season had a major plot twist near the end.

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa scores past Garnet Valley’s Madison McKee during the PIAA Class 6A girls state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa
Makenna Marisa was dominant all season long, but the Peters Township senior seemingly saved her best for under the bright Giant Center lights in Hershey.

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Steel Valley’s Nahki Johnson celebrates with Eshawn Carter after Carter’s return for a touchdown against Wilmington Area during the 2A PIAA semifinal Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Ambridge High School.
West Mifflin’s Nahki Johnson announces ACC football offer
West Mifflin sophomore Nahki Johnson, who won a WPIAL football title last fall at Steel Valley, added his first Power 5 scholarship offer Saturday.

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Chartiers Valley’s Mackenzie Wagner kisses the championship trophy with teammates after defeating Bishop Carroll in the PIAA Class 5A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
2 perfect seasons help shape Trib 10 girls basketball all-star team
April 6, 2019
One word can describe both Peters Township and Chartiers Valley: Perfect.

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Butler’ Ethan Morton scores over Mount Lebanon’s Sean Lutheran and Andy Sapp during the 6A boys WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
3 high-scoring juniors join senior-heavy Trib 10 boys basketball all-stars
Western Pennsylvania had no shortage of standout scorers this season.

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Trib HSSN WPIAL baseball rankings for week of April 7, 2019
Baseball rankings

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West Mifflin Head Coach Ray Braszo works on defensive ball skills with players on Monday, July 28, 2014 at West Mifflin.
Ousted at West Mifflin, football coach Ray Braszo returns to roots in Steel Valley
April 3, 2019
Ray Braszo wore West Mifflin blue and gold for nearly three decades, but the veteran football coach also has deep roots in Steel Valley.

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North Allegheny runner posts early-season time to beat in 3,200 meters
March 31, 2019
Outdoor track season is only two weekends old, but elite North Allegheny runner Zach Kinne already holds the state’s top time in the 3,200 meters.

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Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty pursues Seneca Valley’s Jake Mineweaser during a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Central Catholic’s A.J. Beatty nears 3 dozen offers with ACC, Big 10, Big 12 options
The offers keep coming for Central Catholic junior A.J. Beatty.

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Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash shoots a three-pointer over Butler defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash commits to Binghamton
Pine-Richland’s Dan Petcash, one of the WPIAL’s top seniors, committed Sunday to Binghamton.

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Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski drives past Mt. Lebanon’s Marian Turnbull during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Maddie Dziezgowski commits to St. Bonaventure
Bethel Park junior Maddie Dziezgowski, who helped the Black Hawks reach the WPIAL girls basketball semifinals, announced her commitment Saturday to St. Bonaventure.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher becomes 2nd WPIAL junior with Penn State offer
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher became the second WPIAL junior with a Penn State football offer when the Nittany Lions joined his scholarship list Saturday.

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Burrell’s Marshall McKallip (3) and Seth Fischbach celebrate in the outfield after defeating Kiski Area, 4-2, Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings for week of March 30, 2019
March 30, 2019
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Former Elizabeth Forward basketball player Tre Mitchell committed to UMass on March 29, 2019.
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell commits to UMass
March 29, 2019
Former Elizabeth Forward basketball standout Tre Mitchell, who left the WPIAL for a prep school in Connecticut, committed to Massachusetts on Friday.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Arizona basketball offer adds to Donovan Johnson’s month of madness
March has brought more joy than madness for Moon’s Donovan Johnson and his family.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs (6) hauls in a pass to score during their game against Plum on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs draws 1st FBS offer as Buffalo blankets WPIAL
March 28, 2019
Buffalo had two football players with Western Pennsylvania roots last season, but the Bulls coaches spent this week trying to boost that number.

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Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.
Woodland Hills TE Joshua Rawlings sees 3rd Big 10 school join recruiting list
Woodland Hills junior Joshua Rawlings quickly became one of the WPIAL’s hottest football recruits.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers drives past Bethlehem Catholic’s Briana Barnard during the PIAA Class 4A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Catholic’s Tess Myers adds 8th college offer after reaching state finals
North Catholic’s Tess Myers, one of the WPIAL’s top juniors, added another Division I offer after leading her basketball team to the state finals.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Mars junior Michael Carmody adds 2 ACC, 2 SEC football offers
Mars junior lineman Michael Carmody added two more ACC and SEC football offers this week, pushing his scholarship total to more than two dozen.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield drives between Serra Catholic’s Jayden Bristol (left) and Chris Salemi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Feb. 26, 2019, at Peters Township.
Fresh off NCAA upset, Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield commits to Liberty
March 27, 2019
Isiah Warfield didn’t fill out an NCAA tournament bracket but did urge others to pick against fifth-seeded Mississippi State in the first round.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher wraps up Derry’s Justin Flack during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
Pitt coaches offer scholarship to Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher
Pitt football coaches in decades past found great success recruiting in Aliquippa, a list that starts with all-time greats Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis.

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Bethel Park hires Brian DeLallo as new football coach
March 26, 2019
Bethel Park administrators talked with a handful of football coaches from outside the district, but decided that their best candidate already was on staff.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with Mackenzie Wagner after the Lady Colts defeated Archbishop Carroll in the PIAA Class 5A girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Chartiers Valley finishes perfect season with victory over Archbishop Carroll in PIAA finals
March 23, 2019
HERSHEY — Had he known girls were so easy to coach, Tim McConnell would have switched years ago, the longtime boys basketball coach told his team.

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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith celebrates with Keeno Holmes and Andre Wilder after defeating Trinity, 73-72, to win the PIAA Class 3A boys state championship game Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park hangs on for 1-point victory over Trinity in PIAA championship
HERSHEY — This wasn’t the first time Lincoln Park built a double-digit lead and then held its breath until the clock reached zeroes.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Carlisle-Page scores over Slippery Rock’s Hallie Raabe during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
PIAA Class 5A girls championship breakdown: Chartiers Valley vs. Archbishop Carroll
PIAA Class 5A girls championship

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder hugs Isaiah Smith after defeating Sharon, 67-58, in their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 3A boys championship breakdown: Lincoln Park vs. Trinity
PIAA Class 3A boys championship

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers leads the fast break against Central Valley during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA Class 4A girls championship breakdown: North Catholic vs. Bethlehem Catholic
PIAA Class 4A girls championship

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Moon seniors celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A state final Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Moon rallies in 4th quarter to defeat Archbishop Wood in PIAA Class 5A final
March 22, 2019
HERSHEY — Moon coach Adam Kaufman was certain that this win would shock folks around the state.

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Bentworth promotes assistant Knabb to coach football team
Bentworth promoted assistant John “J.J.” Knabb to head football coach, said athletic director Brian Malecki.

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Moon’s Jioni Smith steals the ball from Mars’ Michael Carmody during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 5A boys championship breakdown: Moon vs. Archbishop Wood
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa drives to the basket past Bethel Park’s Emma Dzieggowski and Lauren Mullen during their game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
PIAA Class 6A girls championship breakdown: Peters Township vs. Garnet Valley
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship

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Moon coach Adam Kaufman fist bumps Donovan Johnson as time winds down in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal victory over Mars Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
WPIAL title escaped Moon’s grasp, but PIAA championship now within reach
Moon faced a crossroads after the WPIAL finals, a moment when its basketball season could have gone many different directions.

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Vincentian senior Drew McBrier holds the PIAA Class A runner-up trophy with teammates after the Royals’ 83-61 loss to Sankofa Freedom Academy in the state final Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Vincentian falls to Philadelphia’s Sankofa Freedom Academy in PIAA Class A final
March 21, 2019
HERSHEY — While preparing for the state finals, Vincentian Academy coach Tim Tyree studied two separate game films of Sankofa Freedom Academy.

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Vincentian Academy boys basketball coach Tim Tyree Jr., leads his team against Monessen in a PIAA Class A boys basketball semifinal March 18, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon.
PIAA Class A boys championship breakdown: Vincentian vs. Sankofa Freedom
PIAA Class A boys championship

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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith celebrates a three-pointer to give him 1,000 career points late in the fourth quarter of a PIAA Class 3A semifinal against Sharon Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Lincoln Park headed back to Hershey after PIAA semifinal win over Sharon
March 19, 2019
Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith launched a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner and then slapped the floor in celebration as his fourth-quarter shot squeezed through the rim.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with Jioni Smith (3) and Devontae Humphries as time winds down in their 73-55 victory over Mars in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Donovan Johnson scores 28, leads Moon past Mars in PIAA semifinals
March 18, 2019
Donovan Johnson and his Moon teammates left in tears after losing to Mars in the WPIAL championship three weekends ago.

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Moon’s Mars’ Brandon Caruso scores past Moon’s Jioni Smith during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
5 things to watch in the PIAA basketball semifinals
Moon and Mars combined for a dramatic WPIAL boys basketball championship earlier this month.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell shoots a three-pointer to end the first half of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Thomas Jefferson Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times: Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson rematch Tuesday
March 17, 2019
WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley and runner-up Thomas Jefferson will rematch at 7 p.m., Tuesday in a PIAA Class 5A semifinal at Peters Township.

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder looks for an opening as Richland’s Joe Hauser defends during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
PIAA boys basketball sites, times: 6 WPIAL teams reach state semifinals
New Castle’s field house will host a state semifinal two nights in a row.

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Oscar Tshiebwe’s double-double leads Kennedy Catholic past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA quarterfinal
March 16, 2019
This state quarterfinal win over Mt. Lebanon, a 17-point victory against a WPIAL champion, “was a world-class butt-whipping,” said Kennedy Catholic coach Rick Mancino.

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Mars’ Andrew Recchia hits a shot over Moon’s Austin Ryan during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA basketball sites, times: Mars vs. Moon boys semifinal at New Castle
The PIAA needed an out-of-this-world site for a state semifinal between Mars and Moon — or at least a gym with lots of seats.

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Mars’ Zach Schlegel celebrates after hitting a fourth quarter three-pointer against Meadville during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Friday, Mar. 15, 2019, at Sharon High School.
Mars uses near-perfect 2nd half to defeat Meadville in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
Mars coach Rob Carmody felt mixed emotions when Mars freshman Zach Schlegel let fly a 3-pointer with an 11-point lead and two minutes left.

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Mt. Lebanon uses hold-the-ball strategy to defeat Allderdice in PIAA 2nd round
March 13, 2019
Mt. Lebanon had a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, so the Blue Devils did what they do best.

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Peters’ Isabella Mills scores over North Allegheny’s Brynn Sebin 6A girls WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times: Peters Township vs. Norwin at Keystone Oaks
The PIAA scheduled Peters Township vs. Norwin girls as the late game in a boys/girls basketball doubleheader at Keystone Oaks on Friday night.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody and Khori Fusco celebrate with Andrew Recchia after Recchia hit the game winner to beat Moon during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA boys basketball sites, times: Mars, New Castle scheduled back-to-back
WPIAL champions Mars and New Castle will play back-to-back Friday night in a PIAA boys basketball doubleheader at Slippery Rock University.

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Turnovers costly as Quaker Valley loses to Bishop McDevitt in PIAA 2nd round
March 12, 2019
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Bishop McDevitt forced 15 first-half turnovers and built a 20-point halftime lead in Tuesday night’s 79-47 victory over Quaker Valley in the PIAA Class 4A second round.

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Mars survives foul trouble to defeat York William Penn in PIAA 2nd round
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Mars coach Rob Carmody wrote one word in bold letters on the whiteboard inside the locker room: Poise.

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Allderdice’s Tony Henderson shoots a three-pointer over Canon-McMillan’s Ethan Beachy during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in PIAA boys basketball: WPIAL, City League clash
The WPIAL and City League champions will meet head-to-head Wednesday for the fourth year in a row in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs.

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Seneca Valley takes the field against North Allegheny before their 6A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
After reaching WPIAL finals, Seneca Valley linemen drawing college offers
March 11, 2019
Seneca Valley reached the WPIAL football finals last fall behind a strong offensive line, and college coaches have taken notice.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo runs to a first place finish in the Class AA girls race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Quarzo, Anderson run personal bests at New Balance Nationals Indoor
March 10, 2019
Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo and Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson, two of the WPIAL’s top runners, set personal bests Sunday at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York.

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Penn Hills’ A’Lysa Sledge blocks the shot of Oakland Catholic’s Margaret Terry Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at Oakland Catholic.
Sites, times posted for PIAA girls basketball 2nd-round matchups
Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes pressures Aliquippa’s Larry Walker during their game Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Aliquippa High School.
PIAA 2nd round sites, times announced for boys basketball playoffs
Class 6A

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Allderdice’s Bobby Clifford battles Canon-McMillan’s Louis Waller for a loose ball during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL, City League champions will clash at Canon-McMillan
WPIAL champion Mt. Lebanon and City League champion Allderdice will meet Wednesday night at Canon-McMillan in the second round of the PIAA Class 6A boys basketball playoffs.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson competes in the Class AAA girls 800 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
4 WPIAL track standouts compete Sunday at New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York
Four WPIAL track standouts will compete Sunday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.

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Allderdice’s Terrell Childs celebrates after the Dragons defeated Canon-McMillan in a PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
City League champion Allderdice defeats Canon-McMillan in overtime
March 9, 2019
Canon-McMillan chose to chase Allderdice’s guards around the court, so the Dragons turned instead to their 6-foot-7 center with a scorer’s touch.

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Neshannock’s Isabella Burelli blocks the shot of Tyrone’s Reily Ronan during PIAA first-round action Friday March 8, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL champion Neshannock advances in PIAA playoffs with 4-point victory over Tyrone
Neleh Nogay scored 14 points and Bella Burrelli added 10 as WPIAL champion Neshannock defeated Tyrone, 42-38, Friday night in a PIAA Class 3A first-round victory at North Allegheny.

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New Castle’s Demetris McKnight scores past Titusville’s Cole Culver during PIAA first-round action Friday March 8, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL champion New Castle holds off Titusville in PIAA 1st-round victory
This was the sixth time New Castle entered the state playoffs as WPIAL champion under coach Ralph Blundo, so he understands the so-called “WPIAL hangover” better than most.

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Penn Hills’ Tyree Spencer (11) is fouled by Montour’s Justin LaBrie (10) during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
5 things to watch in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs
March 7, 2019
Coach Dan DeRose and his Penn Hills boys basketball players are leaving at 10 a.m. Friday for a four-hour bus ride to Hershey, the site picked for their state playoff opener.

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OLSH quarterback Tyler Bradley celebrates with with teammates as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Rochester Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL passing leader Tyler Bradley commits to Seton Hill
March 6, 2019
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley, the WPIAL’s top passer last season, committed Tuesday to Seton Hill.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis stiff-arms West Allegheny’s Ian McBain en route to a third quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Texas A&M joins schools recruiting Gateway sophomore Derrick Davis
Gateway’s Derrick Davis has another major college football team interested in him.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm pulls down a rebound next to Thomas Jefferson’s Molly Wagner during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm draws basketball offer from Pitt
Chartiers Valley freshman Aislin Malcolm scored 18 points Saturday at Petersen Events Center when her Colts won the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball title.

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Quaker Valley junior Chris Iorio, left, knocks the ball loose from junior Mike Sacco during practice Nov 30, 1998.
PCN will re-air Quaker Valley vs. Annville-Cleonas PIAA basketball final from 1999
March 5, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team and coach Mike Mastroianni experienced a heartbreaking state championship loss to Annville-Cleonas 20 years ago this winter.

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Amy Scheuneman talks with high school students attending an Empowering Girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold thru Athletics conference at Duquesne University’s AJ Palumbo Center, Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
North Hills AD Amy Scheuneman joining WPIAL administration
March 4, 2019
North Hills athletic director Amy Scheuneman will resign this summer and accept an administrative position with the WPIAL.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) reaches the ball over the goal line during their game against Mt. Lebanon at Pine-Richland High School on Nov. 9, 2018.
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler adds 1st FBS offer
March 3, 2019
Pine-Richland junior Luke Meckler, a two-way standout for the WPIAL champion Rams, added his first FBS offer.

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher adds Big 10 offer
Aliquippa junior Zuriah Fisher, a standout linebacker on a state championship defense, added his first Big 10 college offer.

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Pitt, WVU recruits among Maryland picks for Big 33 Football Classic
Pitt recruit A.J. Woods, a cornerback from Germantown, Md., was among the 38 high school football players chosen to represent Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.

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Mt Lebanon’s Mike Palmer splits Butler’ Luke Patten and Ethan Morton during the 6A boys WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
Mt. Lebanon shows patience in WPIAL championship win over Butler
March 2, 2019
Mt. Lebanon wanted to keep the ball out of Ethan Morton’s hands, so the Blue Devils just held onto it themselves.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past New Castle’s Drew Cox during their game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at New Castle High School.
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball preview: New Castle vs. Quaker Valley
Class 4A boys

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Butler’s Ethan Morton scores against Pine Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball preview: Butler vs. Mt. Lebanon
Class 6A boys

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Mars’ Michael Carmody and Khori Fusco celebrate with Andrew Recchia after Recchia hit the game winner to beat Moon during the 5A boys WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
Recchia’s late 3-pointer helps Mars defend WPIAL Class 5A championship
March 1, 2019
Andrew Recchia was the only person at Petersen Events Center who already knew how this WPIAL championship would end.

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Serra Catholic’s jimmy Moon (5) goes to the hoop against Sto-Rox’s Dre Frenzley (22) and Jamil Williams during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Feb. 22, 2019, at Peters Township.
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball preview: OLSH vs. Serra Catholic
Class 2A boys

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Lincoln Park’s Isaiah Smith drives to the basket past North Catholic’s Jackson Paschall during the WPIAL Class 3A boys championship game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Lincoln Park tops North Catholic to claim WPIAL Class 3A championship
February 28, 2019
Against one of the WPIAL’s top shooting teams, Lincoln Park’s defense was willing to trade 3s for 2s.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton (25) celebrates a 40-point night with an upset of No. 1-seeded Pine Richland during a Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler boys advance to WPIAL finals after emotional win over rival Pine-Richland
February 27, 2019
The final minute was so emotional, so unbelievable, that it seemed like an eternity to Ethan Morton and his Butler teammates.

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North Catholic’s Zack Rocco grabs a rebound between the Aliquippa defenders during semifinal WPIAL action Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball finals preview: Lincoln Park vs. North Catholic
Class 3A boys

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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Tyree Spencer during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball preview: Mars vs. Moon
Class 5A boys

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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Wes Kropp during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
Johnson’s double-double guides No. 3 Moon past Penn Hills in Class 5A semifinals
February 26, 2019
Two years ago, a star basketball player transferred home to Moon, reunited with his childhood friends and led the Tigers’ run to the WPIAL finals.

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Central Catholic head boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie during the AAAA WPIAL championship game against Moon at AJ Palumbo Center Feb. 2008.
Longtime coach Chuck Crummie ‘hurt’ after Central Catholic fires him
Chuck Crummie will no longer coach on Chuck Crummie Court.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives to the basket to score between Pine-Richland defenders during their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Butler Area High School.
Five things to watch in the WPIAL boys basketball semifinals
February 25, 2019
As the old saying goes, it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season.

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Chartiers-Houston girls basketball coach Laura Montecalvo urges on her team during the WPIAL finals Saturday, March 2, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
West Allegheny hires WPIAL champion to replace Bob Palko as track coach
February 22, 2019
West Allegheny lost one WPIAL champion coach but quickly added another.

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No. 1 Lincoln Park scores first 14 points in victory over Beaver Falls
February 21, 2019
Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes made a 3-pointer on the opening possession and Isaiah Smith added another seconds later as the Leopards scored the first 14 points in Thursday night’s 82-54 victory over Beaver Falls in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal at New Castle.

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No. 2 Aliquippa erases 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Neshannock
M.J. Devonshire was taking his official recruiting visit to Kentucky when Aliquippa lost to Neshannock in January, a loss that bothered him hundreds of miles away.

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Tim O’Malley, executive director of the WPIAL speaks Wednesday April 13, 2016 before new members of the WPIAL Hall of Fame are introduced during an event at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in the Strip District.
WPIAL Hall of Fame to announce 13th induction class
February 20, 2019
For some all-time WPIAL greats, 13 will be their lucky number.

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WPIAL adds 2 boys basketball teams for 2019-20 season
One WPIAL boys basketball section will have a new look next season.

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Carlynton hires former Peters Township football coach Piccinini
Carlynton has hired Rich Piccinini as football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

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Lincoln Park’s Keeno Holmes celebrates his three-pointer during overtime against Aliquippa Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Aliquippa High School.
WPIAL schedules Aliquippa/Lincoln Park doubleheader at New Castle
February 19, 2019
Lincoln Park and Aliquippa, the WPIAL’s top seeds in Class 3A boys basketball, can’t meet until the finals.

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Shaler’s Mekhi Reynolds battles against McKeesport’s Justin Todd during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Shaler defeats McKeesport, celebrates 1st playoff win since ’12
It’s been awhile since this kind of celebration was heard inside Shaler’s locker room.

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Fox Chapel’s Seneca Valley’s Tre Rosell and Marcus Might during WPIAL playoff action Monday, Feb. 19, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Fox Chapel feels it after 1st quarter, beats Seneca Valley
February 18, 2019
Fox Chapel missed 10 of its first 11 shots Tuesday night, a dismal start that could have doomed the team’s playoff hopes, but then suddenly, they almost couldn’t miss.

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4 WPIAL athletes win multiple individual golds at TSTCA indoor championship
February 17, 2019
Mt. Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson ran the state’s fastest mile Saturday and four WPIAL athletes won multiple individual gold medals at the TSTCA indoor championships in Edinboro.

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy kisses the state championship trophy after the Indians defeated Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn Hills football’s Daequan Hardy receives another postseason award
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy added another postseason honor to his list.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Ohio State joins list of schools recruiting Mars’ Michael Carmody
February 15, 2019
Mars junior Michael Carmody added his ninth Big 10 football offer Thursday when conference champion Ohio State joined his scholarship list.

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North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL’s top football players, said Friday that he’s transferring out of state.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer talks with Andrew Casey during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 14, 2019
Good bye or bad bye?

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Union’s Michael Flowers shoots a three-pointer, as Clairton’s Leonard Robinson defends during their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Hampton High School.
No. 6 Union tops No. 11 Clairton with barrage of third-quarter 3-pointers
Union followed a nine-point second quarter with a 29-point third, and the difference was a few well-timed 3-pointers.

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PIAA football semifinals schedule: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland head east
November 25, 2018
Penn Hills and Pine-Richland have long bus rides ahead next weekend, while three other WPIAL football champions can stay closer to home. The PIAA announced semifinal sites and times Sunday. Penn Hills will travel to Chambersburg for a matchup with Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m., Friday. Pine-Richland returns to Altoona's

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WPIAL causes buzz by seeding Burgettstown second in deep Class 2A bracket
October 29, 2018
When the Class 2A bracket appeared on the overhead screen, Mark Druga knew immediately that his phone would start buzzing, so he turned it off. andquot;I did not want to interrupt the process,andquot; the Burgettstown coach said Monday at the WPIAL pairings meeting. andquot;I didn't want to be that guy,

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With Heinz Field rematch possible, might Pine-Richland, North Allegheny hold back in regular-season finale?
October 26, 2018
It's possible that Pine-Richland and North Allegheny will play one another twice in the span of a few weeks. The two top-ranked rivals are favorites to rematch in the WPIAL Class 6A final, so might that affect how NA coach Art Walker and Pine's Eric Kasperowicz approach Friday's matchup in

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Five things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 20, 2018
Anyone have a spare quarter It's looking likely the WPIAL will need a coin flip to break a three-way tie for first place in the Class A Tri-County South. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formula can't break a tie, the deciding factor becomes chance. The WPIAL

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
October 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
September 21, 2018
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
September 8, 2018
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
August 25, 2018
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
July 12, 2018
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
June 4, 2018
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
May 12, 2018
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
May 7, 2018
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
May 5, 2018
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 4, 2018
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
March 20, 2018
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 9, 2018
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
January 27, 2018
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
January 17, 2018
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
November 11, 2017
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Montour's Jaxon Schrenker slaps the hands of young cheerleaders as he takes the field for a game against Mars Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
November 1, 2017
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California coach Darrin Dillow
California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
October 21, 2017
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Junior Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of game Friday night against West Allegheny.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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The Upper St. Clair football team celebrates a 21-20 win over West Allegheny in overtime Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
October 7, 2017
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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Imani Christian's Brian Yates carries for a touchdown past Jeannette's Ian Smith during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr (53) forces a fumbles on Plum's Marcus Thomas (25) in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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Pine-Richland's Jason DeFrancisis (17) celebrates his touchdown with Dawson Goltz next to Wayne's Justin Harris during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
September 21, 2017
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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